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Brain Trust: The Hidden Connection Between Mad Cow and Misdiagnosed Alzheimer's Disease

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When the cattle-borne sickness known as Mad Cow Disease first appeared in America in 2003, authorities were quick to assure the nation that the outbreak was isolated, quarantined, and posed absolutely no danger to the general public.What we were "not" told was that the origins of the sickness may already have been here and suspected for a quarter of a century.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 19th 2004 by Paraview Pocket Books
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George
Jan 22, 2011 George rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in prion diseases
Warning: Some information in the this review may disturb some readers.

Brain Trust starts out on the deep end of conspiracy theory territory focusing on the cattle mutilations that took place in the U.S. starting in the 1960s and peaking in the 1980s. A seemingly odd place to start for a book that is written by a biochemist with a fairly decent career history.

From there he moves on to a very in depth history of the slow discovery of diseases in many organisms that are caused by prions (infectious
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Jen A.
May 19, 2011 Jen A. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
2.5, almost 3 stars. This book is interesting in that the author did plenty of research to support his ideas about the spread of various spongiform diseases in animals, and how they possibly correlate to human dimentia-type diseases like Alzheimers & CJD. This book is littered with often similar acronyms, making it hard to keep the different diseases straight, and while Colm throws out plenty of worrisome information, he never explores the concept of "what you can do about it." His primary ...more
Betsy Curlin
Jul 02, 2011 Betsy Curlin rated it liked it
This book appears to be a rehashing of Deadly Feasts, a much better book by Richard Rhodes. The bulk of the original material is focused on the first American BSE incident and CWD or Chronic Wasting Disease as experienced in the Rocky Mountain states and the Mid-West. The author makes so interesting linkages between unexplained cattle mutilations and possible deep cover operations to guarantee the safety of US beef and dairy cattle, but there is no real scientific proof to back up his ...more
Jrohde
Apr 28, 2012 Jrohde rated it did not like it
Shelves: public-health
this book given to be by an acquaintance asking my opinion - it is BULL SHIT in its conspiracy theories around prion diseases (kuru, scrapie, mad cow disease) - turns out the author, when googled, was part of a spacey research group into paranormal events (UFOs and other miracles) his institute has gone belly up. not worth the time though the info in the first 9 chapters is accurate and informative about the lead up to the recongnition of BSE (mad cow). dont waste your time - there are better ...more
Angela Palazzo
Aug 11, 2014 Angela Palazzo marked it as to-read
the facts in this book are scary. my mom passed away from creutzfeldt Jakob disease may 16.now I'm learning what my mom was going through. not sure if I can finish this book without getting emotional
Ann-Marie
Fascinating and not a little disturbing if the theories presented are true. It makes the struggle against our base natures even greater but no less important to question.
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